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Adanac Military Cemetery

Location

Miraumont is a village about 14.5 km north-north-east of Albert and the Cemetery is some 3 km south of the village on the east side of the road to Courcelette (D107). The cemetery is signposted in the centre of Miraumont.

Adanac Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The villages of Miraumont and Pys were occupied on 24-25th February 1917 following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. They were retaken by the Germans on 25th March 1918, but recovered the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division on the following 24th August.

Adanac Military Cemetery (the name was formed by reversing the name “Canada”) was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the Canadian battlefields around Courcelette and small cemeteries surrounding Miraumont, including:-

  • Pys British Cemetery, about two thirds of the way from Pys to Courcelette. It contained the graves of 22 soldiers from Canada, two from the United Kingdom and five of unknown Units, and a memorial to 33 men of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
  • Pys New British Cemetery, in the village, made by the 42nd Division in August and September, 1918, and containing the graves of 35 soldiers (and sailors and Marines) from the United Kingdom and one from New Zealand.
  • Aqueduct Road Cemetery, Pys, between Pys and Le Sars, made by the 6th and 99th Infantry Brigades in March, 1917, and containing the graves of eleven soldiers from the United Kingdom.
  • New Zealand Cemetery, Grevillers, close to Grevillers Churchyard, containing the graves of 19 New Zealand soldiers who fell in August-September, 1918.
  • Shrine Cemetery, Grevillers, about 500 metres from Grevillers on the road to Irles, containing the graves of thirteen soldiers from New Zealand and two from the United Kingdom who fell at the end of August, 1918.

Adanac Military Cemetery

One grave (Plot IV, Row D, Grave 30) was left in its original position.

There are now 3,186 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War in this cemetery. 1,708 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 13 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Adanac Military Cemetery

 

Victoria Cross


James Richardson VC

28930 Private (Piper) James Richardson VC
16th Bn Canadian Infantry
Manitoba Regiment
Died on 9th October 1916 aged 20
Son of David and Mary Richardson
of Princess Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Native of Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Grave: III F 36

The London Gazette 30967
18th October 1918

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, prior to attack, he obtained permission from his Commanding Officer to play his company over the top.

As the Company approached the objective, it was held up by very strong wire and came under intense fire, which caused heavy casualties and demoralised the formation for the moment. Realising the situation, Piper Richardson strode up and down outside the wire, playing his pipes with the greatest coolness.

The effect was instantaneous. Inspired by his splendid example, the company rushed the wire with such fury and determination that the obstacle was overcome and the position captured. Later,after participating in bombing operations, he was detailed to take back a wounded comrade and prisoners.

After proceeding about 200 yards Piper Richardson remembered that he had left his pipes behind. Although strongly urged not to do so, he insisted on returning to recover his pipes. He has never been seen since, and death has been presumed accordingly owing to lapse of time.


Samuel Forsyth VC

4/400 Serjeant Samuel Forsyth VC
No. 3 Field Company NZ Engineers
Died on 24th August 1918 aged 25
Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Forsyth
of Wellington, New Zealand
husband of Mary Forsyth
of 79 John Knox St, Glasgow, Scotland.

Grave: I I 39

The London Gazette 30967
18th October 1918

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. On nearing the objective, his company came under heavy machine-gun fire.

Through Serjeant Forsyth’s dashing leadership and total disregard of danger, three machine-gun positions were rushed and the crews taken prisoner before they could inflict many casualties on our troops. During subsequent advance his company came under heavy fire from several machine guns, two of which he located by a daring reconnaissance. In his endeavour to gain support from a Tank, he was wounded, but after having the wound bandaged, he again got in touch with the Tank, which in the face of very heavy fire from machine guns and anti-Tank guns, he endeavoured to lead with magnificent coolness to a favourable position.

The Tank, however, was put out of action. Serjeant Forsyth then organised the Tank crew and several of his men into a section, and led them to a position where the machine guns could be outflanked. Always under heavy fire, he directed them into positions which brought about a retirement of the enemy machine guns and enabled the advance to continue.

This gallant NCO was at that moment killed by a sniper. From the commencement of the attack until the time of his death Serjeant Forsyth’s courage and coolness, combined with great power of initiative proved an invaluable incentive to all who were with him and he undoubtedly saved many casualties among his comrades.

 


Private Rex Perry

Private Rex Perry 127297
54th Bn Canadian Infantry
Died on 18th November 1916 aged 27

Grave: IV D 3


Private C Beaumont

Private C Beaumont 2144
9th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Died on 15th September 1916 aged 35
Son of Isabella Beaumont
Husband of Elizabeth Beaumont
of Lordship Grove, Stoke Newington, London

Grave: VIII C 11


Lieutenant Geoffrey Snow

Lieutenant Geoffrey Snow
15th Bn Canadian infantry
48th Highlanders of Canada
Died on 25th September 1916 aged 35
Son of A Snow and Mrs Snow
of 216, Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Canada

Grave: VII D 16

 

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